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Harvey B Lillywhite

Ph.D.  University of California at Los Angeles, 1970

122 Bartram Hall
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Research Interests

Physiology and ecology of vertebrates, especially amphibians and reptiles. Current interests in cardiovascular adaptations, gravitational physiology, functional morphology of integument, water balance and distribution of sea snakes, comparative aspects of energetics and temperature regulation, animal coloration, and fire ecology. I also have long-term studies in progress relating to the physiology and ecology of insular cottonmouth snakes.

Representative Publications

2013. LILLYWHITE, H.B. Climate change and reptiles. Pp. 279–294 In: K. Rohde (ed.), The Balance of Nature and Human Impact, Cambridge University Press.

2013. BRISCHOUX, F., R. TINGLEY, R. SHINE and H.B. LILLYWHITE. Behavioral and physiological correlates of the geographic distributions of amphibious sea kraits (Laticauda spp.). Journal of Sea Research 76:1–4.

2012. BRISCHOUX, F., R. TINGLEY, R. SHINE and H.B. LILLYWHITE. Salinity influences the distribution of marine snakes: Implications for evolutionary transitions to marine life. Ecography 35:994–1003.

2012. LILLYWHITE, H.B., J.S. ALBERT, C.M. SHEEHY III and R.S. SEYMOUR. Gravity and the evolution of cardiopulmonary morphology in snakes. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. Part A 161:230–242.

2012. LILLYWHITE, H.B., F. BRISCHOUX, C.M. SHEEHY III, and J.B. PFALLER. Dehydration and drinking responses in a pelagic sea snake. Integrative and Comparative Biology 52:227–234.

2012. SAVITZKY, A.H., A. MORI, D.A. HUTCHINSON, R.A. SAPORITO, G.M. BURGHARDT, H.B. LILLYWHITE and J. MEINWALD. Sequestered defensive toxins in tetrapod vertebrates: Principles, patterns, and prospects for future studies. Chemoecology 22:141–158.

2012. LILLYWHITE, H.B., J.S. ALBERT, C.M. SHEEHY III and R.S. SEYMOUR. Gravity and the evolution of cardiopulmonary morphology in snakes. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. Part A 161:230-242.

2012. LILLYWHITE, H.B. and F. BRISCHOUX. Is it better in the moonlight? Nocturnal activity of insular cottonmouth snakes increases with lunar light levels. J. Zool. 286: 194–199. Published online 2011 (doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2011.00866.x)

2011. BRISCHOUX, F. and H.B. LILLYWHITE. Light- and flotsam- dependent ‘float-and-wait’ foraging by pelagic sea snakes (Pelamis platurus). Marine Biology 158:2343-2347.

2011. LILLYWHITE, H.B. and M.-C. TU. Abundance of sea kraits correlates with precipitation. PLoS ONE Vol. 6, e28556

2010. LIU, Y.L., H.B. LILLYWHITE and M.C. TU. Sea snakes anticipate tropical cyclone. Marine Biology 157:2369-2373.

2009. LILLYWHITE, H.B., J.G. Menon, G.K. Menon, C.M. Sheehy III, and M.-C. TU. Water exchange and permeability properties of the skin in three species of amphibious sea snakes (Laticauda spp.). J. Exp. Biol. 212:1921-1929.

2009. LILLYWHITE, H. Physiological ecology: Field methods and perspective. Chapter 20 In K. Dodd (ed.), Amphibian Ecology and Conservation. A Handbook of Techniques., pp. 363–386. Oxford University Press series in Techniques in Ecology and Conservation.

2008. LILLYWHITE, H.B., L.S. BABONIS, C.M. SHEEHY III, and M.-C. TU. Sea snakes (Laticauda spp.) require fresh drinking water: Implication for the distribution and persistence of populations. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 81:785-796.

2008. LILLYWHITE, H.B., C.M. SHEEHY III, and F.ZAIDAN III. Pitviper scavenging at the intertidal zone: An evolutionary scenario for invasion of the sea. BioScience 58:947-955.

2008. LILLYWHITE, H.B. and R.J.R. McCLEARY. Trophic ecology of insular cottonmouth snakes: Review and perspective. South Amer. J. Herpetol. 3:175-185.

2008. CONKLIN, D.J., H.B. LILLYWHITE, B. BISHOP, A. HARGENS and K. OLSON. Rythmic contractility in the hepatic portal “corkscrew” vein of the rat snake. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, part A 152:389-397.

2008. LILLYWHITE, H. and J. ALBERT. Evolutionary physiology, comparative data, and phylogenetic methods. Pp. 613-620 in S. Morris, A. Vosloo (eds.) 4th CBP Meeting in Africa: MARA 2008, “Molecules to Migration: The Pressures of Life.” International Proceedings, Medimond S.r.l. Monduzzi Editore International, Bologna, Italy.

2008. LILLYWHITE, H.B. Dictionary of Herpetology. Krieger Publishing Inc., Malabar, Florida. 376 pp. (“Outstanding Academic Title” in 2008)

Current Graduate Students

NameEmailResearch Interest
Mark Sandfoss mrsandfo@ufl.eduHerpetology, conservation.

Current Postdocs and Visitors

NameEmailResearch Interest
Coleman Sheehy coleman3@ufl.eduEvolutionary Biology; Herpetology
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